My concession to Mr. Yerha [reprinted below] was published shortly after the polls closed in the 2017 Cary Town Council elections. In 2017 I had no expectation of winning. In 2019 I have every expectation and every intention of winning. Please assist!


As of October 10, 2017 there were 106,599 registered voters in the Town of Cary. On Election Day 8,143 voters cast ballots. The turnout rate was therefore slightly under 7.64%, which means that for every person who voted, 12 persons did not.

Councilmember Ed Yerha

Mr. Yerha won the At-Large race in a landslide, garnering 6,392 votes (78.50%). I finished a distant second with 1,409 votes (17.30%), and Mr. De Deugd, who campaigned little and spent nothing except his $10 filing fee, received 296 votes (3.64%). There were 46 write-ins.

I officially conceded to Mr. Yerha shortly after the polls closed on Election Night. That was mere formality. Unofficially I had conceded the race even before entering it back in March. My purpose in running was solely to raise the issue of the destruction of an entire generation of trees, which destruction has resulted in a downtown streetscape that is at best unappealing; long stretches of medians of our boulevards and parkways that are infinitely less pretty than Cary citizens deserve; and commercial parking lots and housing developments in Council-approved projects that are environmentally barren -- and will remain so at least for the balance of my lifetime and even for the lifetimes of those a lot younger than I.

For this position I was labeled a one-trick pony by both knee-jerk detractors and by those who -- rightly, I think -- truly believed that Mr. Yerha was the more experienced, more accomplished, more tactful and diplomatic, more knowledgeable, more effective, and better looking -- and thus the superior candidate.

To those who applied the label [AND to those who didn't] I offered guided tours of the Town, tours whose purpose was to point out the graphic, real-life ugliness that at least a decade of lack of policy has caused. No person who or organization that endorsed Mr. Yerha -- including the Democratic Party, the police, the realtors, the homebuilders, the League of Women Voters, IndyWeek, everybody who is anybody in the Cary establishment, the mayor and the other five members of the Town Council, or even the Sierra Club! -- accepted the offer of a tour.

Ironically [at least I think it's ironic -- I'm never sure I use the word in its correct sense] Mr. Yerha himself agreed to go on a tour with me. The significance of that act, I believe, even disregarding all of his other virtues, shows why he will continue to be a peerless representative of the citizens of the Town of Cary, and a major reason why he has my full and unqualified support.

When I kicked off my campaign this year, I made the "unreserved acknowledgment that the Town is one of the best managed and best administered jurisdictions in the United States. I'm grateful to the current and previous Councils and administrations of Cary for superintending a nationally-recognized, secure, and fiscally responsible city in which my wife and I have the privilege and pleasure to live."

After graduating the Cary School of Government, meeting members of the Town Council and many of those who serve the Town officially and unofficially, and talking extensively with fellow citizens, my belief is even stronger now than before. I think it true, that to whom much is given, much is expected, and that that belief holds equally for political jurisdictions as well as individuals. I further believe that the human soul is enriched when engaged in good works that benefit not only the doer but also the rest of humanity, and that, as President Roosevelt said, the place of those who strive mightily "shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Thank You !
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I'm transitioning the website BeautifyCary.org from a campaign site to an informational [and I hope, inspirational] site. Understanding full well that I'm a losing candidate who got stomped in a fair and open election, I'll nevertheless continue to use the site to press for a "cabinet-level" department in the Town of Cary organization that will review all projects in which the Town engages for environmental sensitivity and that also stays abreast of emerging environmental technology and trends that would, if implemented, make Cary a healthier [and even more beautiful] town.

Thank you, Ed Yerha, for your civility and kindness in this 2017 campaign, and for making it a spirited, respectful, and positive adventure. I hope you had more fun that you did four years ago against Mr. / Ms. Write-In!

~George McDowell

George McDowell
Cary, North Carolina



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